Sportsplex cuts the ribbon at solar carports

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More shade and power are coming to Santee, courtesy of a partnership between Sportsplex USA-Santee, SolarTech and the City of Santee.  The partnership had a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 27, under the new solar carport attended by guests, Sportsplex staff, city officials, SolarTech executives and the San Diego- East County Chamber of Commerce executives and staff.

More shade and power are coming to Santee, courtesy of a partnership between Sportsplex USA-Santee, SolarTech and the City of Santee.  The partnership had a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 27, under the new solar carport attended by guests, Sportsplex staff, city officials, SolarTech executives and the San Diego- East County Chamber of Commerce executives and staff.

“With solar, we are substantially reducing our carbon footprints,” said Eric J. Lund, president and CEO of the Chamber. Lund and his staff helped celebrate the solar carport’s completion with the ribbon cutting.

The solar carport, made up of 672 panels that cost nearly $700,000, provides parking for 90 vehicles, and will create 380 megawatt-hours of energy for the sports and recreational complex located on City of Santee land at Town Center Community Park.  The facility is owned by the City of Santee but managed by Sportsplex USA – Santee. The solar carport is located in the complex’s parking lot just west of the softball fields, soccer fields, batting cage and sports pub.  Tournaments and corporate events are also held there.

City of Santee council member Ronn Hall, former California State assemblyman and now City of Santee council member, Brian W. Jones, were on hand, along with other city officials and elected officials or their staff to cut the ribbon and hand out certificates. 

“This is a good start with helping out with greenhouse gases,” said council member Hall.

Jason Stringham, owner and president of SolarTech, was on hand to symbolically flip the power switch to turn on the solar carport along with Bill Berghoff, president of SportsPlex USA, and City of Santee council member Ronn Hall. SolarTech has been involved in some of the biggest solar commercial and residential projects in San Diego County and the State of California.

“We are anticipating 30 attendees,” said J.T. Garrison. Some of the attendees included six beauty pageant winners representing Miss La Jolla Shores, Miss West Coast, and more.  Attendees helped themselves to baked goods and water after the ribbon cutting.

Sportsplex cuts the ribbon at solar carports